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‘All care homes should have CCTV’, says woman who used £120 covert camera to capture shocking footage showing nurse abusing and taunting her 92-year-old mother-in-law

We all remember these shocking photo’s what this poor lady went through.  Mrs Rees was moved to another care home in Stepney, Greater London, where she was happy. But she died in May last year. Still make my blood boil that this “did” and is “still” happening, Joanna

A woman who installed a £120 covert camera to capture shocking footage of a nurse abusing her 92-year-old mother-in-law has today welcomed new health care guidance into surveillance in care homes. The video below reveals the horrific treatment Bridie Rees suffered at the hands of the person employed to care for her. The 92-year-old was poked, prodded, abused and taunted by staff nurse Faderera Bello. She was subsequently jailed for four months after admitting a count of neglect at Snaresbrook Crown Court in June last year. Mrs Rees’s case makes a strong argument in favour of using surveillance cameras to keep a check on elderly relatives in care homes.

And today the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, has published new guidance – a step in the right direction, Mrs Rees’s family told MailOnline.  Irene Rees, who is married to Bridie’s son William, urged other family’s to use CCTV to keep an eye on their relatives, adding the practice could also protect staff facing accusations. ‘This is a step in the right direction,’ Mrs Rees told MailOnline. ‘But we need to see it taken a  step further. ‘Care homes should be offering families the option of CCTV. I would urge all families to use CCTV. ‘If we hadn’t installed the camera in Bridie’s room she would have continued to face that abuse.  ‘There is no other way to ensure are kept safe.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2950728/All-care-homes-CCTV-says-woman-used-120-covert-camera-film-nurse-abusing-poking-taunting-92-year-old-mother-law.html

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Families given official green light to use CCTV in care homes to check if staff are abusing their elderly relatives

Families worried that their elderly relatives are being abuse by care home staff are to be given official advice on how to secretly install CCTV cameras. Care home watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, will issue guidance in the New Year explaining how to best monitor staff. A spokeswoman told MailOnline the CQC ‘understood that there are circumstances where some people will feel that is the right thing for them’.  The decision to publish official guidance helping concerned families install cameras was signed off by the CQC’s board today.  It is hoped that the vigilance of family members will help to maintain high standards of care for elderly and vulnerable people.  The advice will also be aimed at managers who suspect malpractice among their staff.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2841115/Families-given-official-green-light-use-CCTV-care-homes-check-staff-abusing-elderly-relatives.html

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Care home staff would back use of CCTV, suggests survey from HC-One

As the media spotlight has intensified, and public trust in care operators and regulators has fallen, the debate on how to prevent abuse and malpractice in care homes has become increasingly focused on whether visible cameras are part of the solution. In the summer of 2014, HC-One launched an innovative consultation to ask Residents, relatives and staff members whether they would support the introduction of an opt-in, visible camera scheme. In the following report, we publish the results of the consultation, collated from Residents, relatives and colleagues, which we hope help to inform the public, and start an industry-wide debate on the use of cameras as a tool to stamp out malpractice in care homes.

Click on the link to read the full report

http://www.hc-one.co.uk/media/image/Visible_Camera_Consultation_Report_Oct_2014_LATEST.PDF

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